Yahoo Japan is buying a 51% stake in Gyao, the video portal site run by media conglom Usen, for $5.3 million.
Movie studio Shochiku's 21-year film franchise "Diary of a Fishing Fool" (Tsuri baka nisshi) will end after its 20th installment is released Dec. 26.
Texas-based anime distrib FUNimation Entertainment has inked to stream Japanese studio Toei Animation's toons on its web site. All toons will be subbed in English.
Oriental Land has reported record attendance in 2008 for the two parks it operates in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Fuji TV was Japan's top-rated network in 2008 in all three major time periods, according to figures from the Video Research ratings agency.
The Japanese economy is sinking like a sumo wrestler in quicksand and taking the TV industry with it.
The Nintendo Wii console will pass the 50 million worldwide sales mark this month, setting a new game console record.
The Okinawa Movie Festival, Japan's first comedy fest, has awarded its competition Grand Prix to Katsuhide Motoki's laffer "Kamogawa horumo."
Walt Disney Japan has applied for a license to operate a free-to-air digital satellite channel in Japan, according to a report in the Nikkei newspaper,
Showbiz may have been left out of the U.S. government's stimulus packages, but the industry is still paying it forward on a number of fronts.
Studio 4C, a mid-sized toon house with a high international profile, and Lucent Pictures Entertainment have tied up to launch a new toon production studio, Lucent 4C.